Monthly Archives: November 2018

Vietnam War – Khan Academy

“… In order to have a respectable understanding of the Vietnam War, we have to rewind all the way back to the late 1800s when France was colonizing Southeast Asia. And in particular, it colonized what is now Laos, Vietnam, … Continue reading

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Cain’s Book – Alexander Trocchi (1960)

“Cain’s Book is a 1960 novel by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi. A roman à clef, it details the life of Joe Necchi, a heroin addict and writer, who is living and working on a scow on the Hudson River … Continue reading

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Songs of Leonard Cohen – Leonard Cohen (1967)

“At a time when a growing number of pop songwriters were embracing a more explicitly poetic approach in their lyrics, the 1967 debut album from Leonard Cohen introduced a songwriter who, rather than being inspired by ‘serious’ literature, took up … Continue reading

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“Fulfillment was already there”: Debord & ’68

“On the brink of working class and student insurgency came Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle (1967), the radical book of the 1960s, perhaps the most radical radical book ever written. Its 221 strange theses give us stirring crescendos … Continue reading

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Herzog – Saul Bellow (1964)

“Herzog is a 1964 novel by Saul Bellow, composed in large part of letters from the protagonist Moses E. Herzog. It won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and the Prix International. In 2005, Time magazine named it one … Continue reading

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The Accidental Perfection of the Beatles’ White Album

Fifty years later, the White Album, the Beatles’ masterpiece, is still good, still indelible, still as clean and pure as its sleeve, requiring no explanation or description beyond the band’s name. “To mark this month’s fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles’ … Continue reading

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COINTELPRO (1956–1971)

J. Edgar Hoover at Oval Office, White House, Washington, D.C., July 24, 1967. “COINTELPRO (Portmanteau derived from COunter INTELligence PROgram) (1956–1971) was a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation … Continue reading

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